Immigration obsession | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 12, 2009

Immigration obsession

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 7:09 AM

We already know, thanks to knee-jerking by Gov. Mike Beebe, that the "problem" of allowing in-state tuition for undocumented students (albeit Arkansas high school grads with more years in residence than New Yorkers on big scholarships) is virtually non-existent. Not to worry. There's more where that came from. The immigrant-bashers will be working this legislative session to devote more government time and money to making life hard for people pursuing the American dream.

The results inevitably will be a reduction in government attention to more important things. See the story in today's New York Times about the result of the federal zeal to find undocumented immigrants and send them home.

Immigration prosecutions have steeply risen over the last five years, while white-collar prosecutions have fallen by 18 percent, weapons prosecutions have dropped by 19 percent, organized crime prosecutions are down by 20 percent and public corruption prosecutions have dropped by 14 percent, according to the Syracuse group’s statistics. Drug prosecutions — the enforcement priority of the Reagan, first Bush and Clinton administrations — have declined by 20 percent since 2003.

“I have seen a national abdication by the Justice Department,” said Attorney General Terry Goddard of Arizona.

Fewer prosecutions of corporate thieves, more prosecutions of tomato pickers. Makes perfect sense.

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